Get into Bed with Mia Marlowe (Author Interview)

by Keira G on January 19, 2012 · 24 comments

in Author Interviews, Bride Stealing, Contests, Highlander, M-O

Mia Marlowe Interview, Co-Author of Sins of the Highlander with Connie Mason

Keira: You worked with Connie Mason on Sins of the Highlander, so I have to know, is it easier or harder to write with a partner? Did either of you ever want the story to go one way, but couldn’t take it there because the other wanted something else? Was there a lot of compromise?

Mia Marlowe: I found writing with a partner very liberating because I knew if I went down the wrong alley, Connie would reel me back in. Fortunately, that wasn’t ever necessary. Working with Connie is such a joy. She’s a very gracious lady. Honestly, I can’t remember a time when we had any sort of tension between us while crafting the story.

Keira: How did you both go about writing the novel? I know you didn’t meet up in person as you live in Massachusetts and Connie lives in Florida! lol Was there something each of you did? Did you write back and forth, scene by scene? Or each write from one character’s POV? Did you find that you both played to your strengths?

MM: We actually have met in person but it was years ago, in 2006 when my debut book came out. She agreed to give me a cover quote—the first one she’d ever given. Connie chose the setting and time period for Sins of the Highlander. Since I’d never written a Scottish set story, I had some researching to do to get up to speed. Connie and I kept in touch via email as the story progressed and fortunately, since our writing styles are very similar, the result is pretty seamless.

Keira: I love bride stealing plots and this one quite literally has the hero steal the bride away from his nemesis. What made you decide on this plot trope? What do you like best about it?

MM: Honestly, I never thought of it as a trope. My approach to story-telling is to get to know the characters deeply. Then I figure out what they want. Lastly, I decide how to keep them from getting it until they really deserve it. Once we knew Rob was mad with grief over his wife, it was a short step to realize he’d want revenge. Stealing a bride from the man he blames for Fiona’s death was only logical, in a crazy sort of way. Plot has to flow organically from the character’s flaws, needs and wants. If it does that with honesty, I don’t see how it can be a cliché.

Keira: A widower hero… sigh… love it. Tell me more about him – give us the good stuff – the toe curling good stuff!

MM: Rob MacLaren is an uber-alpha, a warrior, a clan leader, and all things we love in a man. He’s decisive, courageous and wickedly handsome. The man can rock a kilt. But he’s also damaged. At the outset of the story, he deserves the nickname “Mad Rob.” He still loves Fiona so deeply, she visits him nightly in dreams so vivid, he hates to wake and find he’s lost her afresh. But the fact that he knows how to love gave me hope that he could learn to do it again. If you’d like a taste (and a ‘toe curl’), visit http://miamarlowe.com/books/sins.php#excerpt for an introduction to “Mad Rob.”

Keira: Do you and Connie plan to write another novel together? If so, tell us what you got cooking!

MM: Yes we do! In fact, we have another release this year. Look for Lord of Fire and Icein August! Connie steered us into a Viking story for this one and I added a sparkle of magic by making our hero a fire mage! Brandr the Far Traveled and Katla the Black have a pretty fiery start to their relationship, but my money is on Brandr to melt her icy heart.

We’re also working a trio of Regency set stories for 2013 called “The Royal Rakes.” Readers who remember Connie’s Rogues series will love these new heroes! We just turned in the manuscript for Waking Up with a Rake (Jan. 2013)

In addition to our Sourcebooks novels, I have two more releases with just my name on them coming this year from Kensington Brava—Touch of Rogue (Feb. 28th) and Touch of a Scoundrel (July 2012). These adventurous, sensual Victorian stories have characters who are blessed—or cursed—with the “gift of touch.” They glean secret information when they touch certain objects, but it’s not always something they want to know.

I’m also planning some eBook only releases for readers looking for quality stories at a budget-pleasing price.

If you’d like to be notified of all my new releases, I invite you to enter my website contest. The Grand Prize is a NEW KINDLE! http://miamarlowe.com/contest.php Plus you’ll be automatically signed up to receive my short timely newsletters. I only send them out when I have a new book or special contest to share, so your email inbox won’t be inundated.

Thanks for having me here today, Keira. I have a question for your readers: Do you think it’s possible to fall deeply in love more than once?

SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER BY CONNIE MASON & MIA MARLOWE – IN STORES JANUARY 2012

Abduction

Never had Elspeth Stewart imagined her wedding would be interrupted by a dark-haired stranger charging in on a black stallion, scooping her into his arms, and carrying her off across the wild Scottish highlands. Pressed against his hard chest and nestled between his trong thighs, she ought to have feared for her life. But her captor silenced all protests with a soul-searing kiss, giving Elspeth a glimpse of the pain behind his passion—a pain only she could ease.

Obsession

“Mad Rob” MacLaren thought stealing his rival’s bride-to-be was the prefect revenge. But Rob never reckoned that this beautiful, innocent lass would awaken the part of him he thought dead and buried with his wife. Against all reason, he longed to introduce the luscious Elspeth to the pleasures of the flesh, to make her his, and only his, forever.

With two clans against them burning for battle, they must find a way to join together—body, breath and soul. Or both will be made to pay for the Sins of the Highlander.

Buy: Sins of the Highlander

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She was named Storyteller of the Year in 1990 and received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994. She currently lives in Florida. Mia Marlowe is a highly acclaimed new voice in romance whose debut novel released in Spring 2011 from Kensington. She lives in Boston, MA. Together, they are working on a new Regency romance series for Sourcebooks Casablanca, the first of which will be in stores in early 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.conniemason.com/, http://miamarlowe.com/ and follow Mia on Twitter @Mia_Marlowe.

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of Sins of the Highlander. Open to US and Canada only. Enter by answering Mia's question at the end of the interview. Last day to enter: January 27, 2012.

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1 Karri Lyn Halley January 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I would think it would be possible to fall deeply in love more than once. (But I’m just guessing here as I’m 18 years into “deeply in love” the first and hopefully last time.) I imagine each version of deeply in love would be different though given previous experience and change in life situation. I do enjoy stories that show us that second time in love.

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2 Carol L. January 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Hi Ladies,
I’ve read mostly all of Connie’s books and all of Mia’s. So I know I’m going to love reading Sins of The Highlander. Kilted heroes are my first love in reading so I’m really looking forward to meet Mad Rob and Elspeth. I do believe we can love more then once. Each love is always going to be different like the person. In the case of being widowed I’d like to think that first love is always going to be there, a part of our heart always.But personally I think for me it would take a very long time. I also believe that you can’t go looking for it, if it’s there it’ll find you. Fate ? :)
Carol L
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3 Lynn A. Reynolds January 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Loved your site. You’re a new author for me so I enjoyed the interview. I do feel that love can come to someone more than once. You have to be open to it and not shy away when someone shows an interest. Thank you for learning something new today.
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4 Barb Bettis January 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Lovely interview, Keira and Mia. “Sins of the Highlander” is wonderful (I read it immediately LOL) and I know “Lord of Fire and Ice” will be….hummm…now if I say even better, I’ll be in trouble….If I say just as great, I’ll be in trouble. *sigh* So I’ll just say, I can’t wait. The story sounds terrific. And Mia, I’m glad you have two more “Touch” books coming out so soon.

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5 Glittergirl January 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Do I think it’s possible to fall deeply in love more than once? Yes! If you can do it once, you might get luck and find the “right one” again. What can I say, I’m a romantic ;-) Companionship and feeling special to someone is part of what makes us human.

My question to you Mia is ~ Is this a stand alone novel or the start of a series? The same goes for your next with Connie “Lord of Fire and Ice”? I like to read my series books in sequence, one after the other and my TBR pile is large enough that I can wait to read them together. I do buy them as new releases when they come out but I wait to read them all together. By the way I love your books :-)

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6 Glittergirl January 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

forgot my email: glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

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7 StacieD January 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I do think you can fall deeply in love more than once. Falling head over heels in love is easy when you are young. When we are older I think we know ourselves better and therefore we know what we want in a partner.

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8 StacieD January 19, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Forgot to add my email

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9 Diane D - Florida January 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Yes Mia, I think it’s really possible to fall deeply in love more than once. After all, it happened to one of my sisters’. Her first husband, who she loved deeply, died after 15 years of marriage. She was absolutely gutted. However, two years later, she met and fell deeply in love again with her second husband, who she’s now been married to for 25 years. She says that she’s been very blessed to have been given the chance to love two wonderful men.

I really, really would love to read “Sins of the Highlander”. Thank you for giving us all another opportunity.

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10 Estella January 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I do believe you can fall deeply in love twice. I happened to me.

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11 Sheila Mulholland January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I hope so, I did when I was 19, and I’m looking for it again.

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12 Kristen S. January 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Yes, I think it is possible to fall in love more than once. Hopefully I will never have to experience this, but I have to believe that it’s possible! Great interview Mia!

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13 erinf1 January 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Thanks for a wonderful interview! I love both these authors but I haven’t had the chance to read very much of their work :( This book sounds so wonderful and I’ve been reading such awesome reviews for it!

I think it is possible to fall deeply in love more than once in a lifetime. B/c each time is a unique, deeply personal experience, I don’t think it matters if you’ve been “in love” before. Your feelings are dependent on the person you’re with at the time and how *you* feel/are as well. Someone who has loved and lost and then is able to love again is deeply blessed in my opinion.

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14 Maureen January 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I do think it is possible to fall deeply in love more than once but I think you would feel differently for different people so it might not feel like the same kind of love.

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15 Diane Sallans January 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I think it’s possible, but it may depend on how you lost your first love and if you are willing to open your heart again.
I’ve enjoyed both Mia’s & Connie’s books so I’m very curious to read their collaboration.

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16 Jen B. January 20, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I absolutely think it is possible. I think it would be very sad if a person was only able to fall deeply in love once. The scary thing would be if you found both loves at the same time! How to choose?
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17 Na S. January 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I think it’s so exciting that you and Connie have a project in the works together. A Viking story with a touch of magical sounds pretty cool. I’ve read a few Viking stories (really like the settings) but not one with a magical touch.

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18 Na S. January 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I think it’s possible, even when for me I don’t fall easily but when I do I know I’m in it for the long haul. If you open your heart to love, you may just find it and deeply at that.

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19 Anne Fescharek January 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

No, I once heard that you never really know the real love of your life until you come to the end. Therefore there is only one true love.

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20 Chris Bails January 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I think you can for sure fall in love more than once. Sometimes the person that you first love might do something and you fall out of love. A cheating or abusive significant other makes you not love them. I love been in love more than once. Thanks for the great question.

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21 Suzy R. January 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yes, I believe you can fall deeply in love a second time if you are lucky enough to find a love unlike your first love. No two loves are the same, hopefully the second one is better…

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22 Pam January 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I do think it is possible to fall deeply in love more than once … even though it’s never happened to me even one time. Go figure!

Pam
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23 Renee Brown January 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I love this whole concept. I think it terribly romantic to be swept away (even in revenge) then fall in love. I can’t wait to read it!!

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24 Keira February 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM

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